Peter Dizikes: Writings on Science and Society


A selection of my articles for MIT News and Technology Review

The Natural Experimenter
Josh Angrist's meticulous methods have influenced scholars for two decades
Technology Review, Jan/Feb, 2013

Standing Up for Manufacturing
Suzanne Berger used to study French peasants; now she wants to revive U.S. manufacturing
Technology Review, Jan/Feb, 2012

Hippie days
How a handful of countercultural scientists changed the course of physics in the 1970s
MIT News, June 27, 2011

Wind, war, and weathermen
How a Swedish bon vivant let MIT introduce modern meteorology to America, just in time to help the Allies win World War II
MIT News, June 7, 2011

Tracking the flow of knowledge
Study shows scientists’ location influences how widely their work is read and used for innovations
MIT News, May 19, 2011

A champion of Creole
Linguist Michel DeGraff is on a quest to give Haitian Creole its due as a respected language ... and to help Haitian schoolchildren learn in their native tongue.
MIT News, May 12, 2011

Life on a dollar a day
In Poor Economics, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo open a window into the lives of the world’s poorest people, and suggest new remedies to combat poverty.
MIT News, April 26, 2011

Out of thick air
MIT graduate student is working to make water available for the world’s poor by refining the tools and techniques of fog harvesting.
MIT News, April 21, 2011

Strength in numbers
At MIT’s annual sports analytics conference, owners, coaches and statistics mavens convene to ask how numbers can help increase success.
MIT News, March 8, 2011

When the butterfly effect took flight
Half a century ago, Edward Lorenz overthrew the idea of the clockwork universe with his ground-breaking research on chaos. Now MIT professors are working to establish a climate research center in his name.
Technology Review, March/April, 2011

Wordly wisdom
What determines the length of words? MIT researchers say they know
MIT News, February 10, 2011

The lonely crowds
In a new book, Sherry Turkle documents the sometimes-detrimental effects of technology on our families and social lives.
MIT News, January 18, 2011

A hardy constitution
In Ratification, historian Pauline Maier uncovers the contentious debates behind a political document that many Americans once opposed.
MIT News, December 3, 2010

MIT economist Peter Diamond wins Nobel Prize
Honored with two others for work on "analysis of markets with search frictions"
MIT News, October 11, 2010

Treasured vaults
A professor sheds light on the immigrant family that crafted many American architectural landmarks
MIT News, October 8, 2010

Friends, family gather to honor Paul Samuelson
At memorial service, Nobel-winning economist’s ‘warmth, wit and humility’ are recalled
MIT News, April 12, 2010

Treatment plants
Researchers outline a natural way to clean Italy's polluted Pontine Marshes.
MIT News, April 7, 2010

The recession hits science
MIT report reveals biotechnology funding troubles.
MIT News, January 8, 2010

Their infinite wisdom
An MIT historian of science uncovers the saga of the Russian scholars whose mysticism helped them redefine the concept of infinity.
MIT News, December 14, 2009

Three of a kind
MIT linguist Shigeru Miyagawa explains how the hidden similarities of English, Japanese, and some forms of Bantu reveal language’s universal essence.
MIT News, November 20, 2009

Good Food Nation
MIT researchers think America's obesity epidemic can be reversed via 'foodsheds, in which healthier, more affordable food is produced and consumed regionally.
MIT News, November 10, 2009

The math gap
MIT economists find a new reason to think that environment, not innate ability, determines how well girls do in math class.
MIT News, November 4, 2009


Don't Forget About the Outer Courts
The New York Times, August 25, 2013


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